French international centre Mathieu Jussaume will still be Olympian in 2023.
After progressing through the youth teams of Toulouse from 2017 to 2019, he has slowly established himself as a key player at the club since 2019, and will continue that journey into 2023.
He was a key player as they gained promotion to Super League back in 2021 with an unbeaten campaign concluding with a Grand Final win over Featherstone at home in the Million Pound game.
Jussaume scored that day and was a vital player during Toulouse’s inaugural Super League season.
This represents an important bit of business from Toulouse going into 2023 after the likes of Bradford Bulls and Halifax Panthers have made statement signing.
The Bulls have signed Leeds duo Jack Walker and Bodene Thompson whilst Halifax signed Hull KR prop Will Maher.
After the loss of Chris Hankinson to fellow Championship rivals Featherstone as ex-Leeds Rhinos assistant Sean Long builds his squad using his connections as France assistant to bring in players from across the channel such as Catalans Dragons forward Matthieu Cozza, it was vital that Toulouse responded with some strong retention as they look to return to Super League in 2023.
Though it is set to be an open season in the Championship next year, retention like this is vitally important for the French club who will want to show the value of French rugby following the IMG recommendations which didn’t favour them.
The club now needs to focus on recruitment after the loss of Hankinson, Corey Norman to the Elite 1 Championship and Nathan Peats to Huddersfield Giants recently.